Decatur Child Custody Lawyer, Illinois


Includes: Guardianships & Conservatorships, Custody & Visitation

Kent Alan Rathbun

Divorce & Family Law, Child Custody, Trusts, Americans with Disabilities Act
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  49 Years

Jarred Rahar

Collection, Child Custody, Divorce, Family Law
Status:  In Good Standing           

Thomas L Van Hook

Trusts, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption, Americans with Disabilities Act
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  27 Years

Brittany R. Kink

Deportation, Child Custody, Trusts, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           
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David A. Kelm

Administrative Law, Child Custody, Civil Rights, Collection
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  12 Years

Judy A. Baker

Trusts, Child Custody, Adoption, Collection, Estate Planning
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

Deborah Frank Feinen

Commercial Real Estate, Real Estate, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Adoption
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  30 Years

Casey K. Howard

Child Custody, Adoption, Criminal, Civil & Human Rights
Status:  In Good Standing           Licensed:  10 Years

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LEGAL TERMS

CUSTODY (OF A CHILD)

The legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When ... (more...)
The legal authority to make decisions affecting a child's interests (legal custody) and the responsibility of taking care of the child (physical custody). When parents separate or divorce, one of the hardest decisions they have to make is which parent will have custody. The most common arrangement is for one parent to have custody (both physical and legal) while the other parent has a right of visitation. But it is not uncommon for the parents to share legal custody, even though one parent has physical custody. The most uncommon arrangement is for the parents to share both legal and physical custody.

CONSOLIDATED OMNIBUS BUDGET RECONCILIATION ACT (COBRA)

A federal law requiring that employers offer employees -- and their spouses and dependents -- continuing insurance coverage if their work hours are cut or they ... (more...)
A federal law requiring that employers offer employees -- and their spouses and dependents -- continuing insurance coverage if their work hours are cut or they lose their job for any reason other than gross misconduct. Courts are still in the process of determining the meaning of gross misconduct, but it's clearly more serious than poor performance or judgment. COBRA also makes an ex-spouse and children eligible to receive group rate health insurance provided by the other ex-spouse's employer for three years following a divorce.

MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE

A document that provides proof of a marriage, typically issued to the newlyweds a few weeks after they file for the certificate in a county office. Most states ... (more...)
A document that provides proof of a marriage, typically issued to the newlyweds a few weeks after they file for the certificate in a county office. Most states require both spouses, the person who officiated the marriage and one or two witnesses to sign the marriage certificate; often this is done just after the ceremony.

INJUNCTION

A court decision that is intended to prevent harm--often irreparable harm--as distinguished from most court decisions, which are designed to provide a remedy fo... (more...)
A court decision that is intended to prevent harm--often irreparable harm--as distinguished from most court decisions, which are designed to provide a remedy for harm that has already occurred. Injunctions are orders that one side refrain from or stop certain actions, such as an order that an abusive spouse stay away from the other spouse or that a logging company not cut down first-growth trees. Injunctions can be temporary, pending a consideration of the issue later at trial (these are called interlocutory decrees or preliminary injunctions). Judges can also issue permanent injunctions at the end of trials, in which a party may be permanently prohibited from engaging in some conduct--for example, infringing a copyright or trademark or making use of illegally obtained trade secrets. Although most injunctions order a party not to do something, occasionally a court will issue a 'mandatory injunction' to order a party to carry out a positive act--for example, return stolen computer code.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

SHARED CUSTODY

See joint custody.

IRREMEDIABLE OR IRRETRIEVABLE BREAKDOWN

The situation that occurs in a marriage when one spouse refuses to live with the other and will not work toward reconciliation. In a number of states, irremedia... (more...)
The situation that occurs in a marriage when one spouse refuses to live with the other and will not work toward reconciliation. In a number of states, irremediable breakdown is the accepted ground for a no-fault divorce. As a practical matter, courts seldom, if ever, inquire into whether the marriage has actually broken down, and routinely grant a divorce as long as the party seeking the divorce says the marriage has fallen apart. Compare incompatibility; irreconcilable differences.

PHYSICAL CUSTODY

The right and obligation of a parent to have his child live with him. Compare legal custody.

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family hea... (more...)
A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family health needs or personal illness. The employer must allow the employee to return to the same position or a position similar to that held before taking the leave. There are exceptions to the FMLA: the most notable is that only employers with 50 or more employees are covered--about half the workforce.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

In re Sophia GL

... Judge Love did not respond. On September 13, 2006, Andrew filed a contest to registration of the Indiana child custody determination. ... It's anticipated under the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act that Judges are supposed to talk to one another. ...

In re Custody of MCC

... 518, 544 NE2d 1293. It is clear, however, that physical custody is not determined based on physical possession of the child at time the custody petition is filed. ... 690, 491 NE2d 1150 (1986) (standing "should not turn on" who had the child when the custody petition was filed). ...

Smith v. Freeman

... 1072 In Sorenson, a petition for dissolution of marriage was at issue, including child custody. ... 640, 487 NE2d 84. Moreover, since the circuit court retains jurisdiction during the child's minority, this serves as an added protection in child custody cases. ...